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bu•lim•i•a /byuˈlɪmiə, -ˈlimiə, bu-/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Psychiatrya disturbance in eating habits marked by repeated instances of overeating followed by intentional vomiting or fasting.
(byo̅o̅ lim′ē ə, -lē′mē ə, bo̅o̅-, bə-),USA pronunciation n.
Also called binge-purge syndrome, bulim′ia ner•vo′sa
(nûr vō′sə).USA pronunciation [Psychiatry.]a habitual disturbance in eating behavior mostly affecting young women of normal weight, characterized by frequent episodes of grossly excessive food intake followed by self-induced vomiting to avert weight gain. Cf. anorexia nervosa.Also, boulimia.
- PathologyAlso called hyperphagia. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.
- Greek boulīmía extreme hunger, equivalent. to bou- intensive prefix (derivative of bou-, stem of boûs ox) + līm(ós) hunger + -ia -ia
- Middle English 1350–1400
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bulimia /bjuːˈlɪmɪə/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from New Latin, from Greek boulimia, from bous ox + limos hunger
- pathologically insatiable hunger, esp when caused by a brain lesion
- Also called: bulimia nervosa a disorder characterized by compulsive overeating followed by vomiting: sometimes associated with anxiety about gaining weight
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